Joplin Police Report Double Digit Drop in Car Wreaks

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 05/12 2014 06:01PM

Updated 05/12 2014 08:05PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin police are reporting a double digit drop in accidents. There have been 71 fewer crashes in Joplin so far in 2014, less than 500. The month of April saw 123 wrecks, the smallest number for the month in at least 10 years. Officers point out that typically wreck totals increase as the weather warms up, and especially around construction sites. They're warning drivers to pay extra attention as more projects get underway.

"Some that are coming up that aren't even in town, Stone's Corner, that can be quite confusing for a while. That would be the first thing I would tell people. There's still a lot of construction stuff going on down around the hospital. You are going to see construction down there for the next several years probably," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department. 

The month of April has averaged more than 165 wrecks in the last eight years, compared to just 123 last month. 

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